Vintage Argus C3 35mm Rangefinder Brick Camera
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Oh, I would not recommend dropping this on your feet/toes. It hurts. Lol
If you really want an early 35mm camera that is actually good for photograpy, get a Kodak Retina 2 or 3 series camera. These can usually be found for under a hundred, have excellent coated lenses that work well with color or b&w film, fold up compactly for easy carrying, and are excellent, German-made camers.
The body is made of bakelite - which is technically a resin, not a plastic - with the film compartments routed out inside. The back & hardware are made of metal. The C3 heavy for its size, but it's practically indestructible as long as you take care of it (don't get it wet, don't feed it after midnight, etc.) They used to be really easy to find at flea markets, and I like it so much I have two, which both work perfectly and both cost less than $50. The camera has two viewfinders .. well actually one is a rangefinder window for focusing, and the other one is a viewfinder for composing your shot. It is possible to focus by turning the lens, or turning the focus wheel which is geared to the lens on the front of the body. The focus wheel shows a range of 3 feet to infinity, and all the pictures I've taken prove to my satisfaction that it is accurate. Aperture ring is on the front of the lens. I did not know there were interchangeable lenses for this thing; both of mine have the standard Argus 50mm Cintar lens which goes from f16 to f3.5. On the upper right (facing the camera) is the shutter-speed wheel which selects speeds of 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100 and 1/300. Not "modern" standard speeds, I know ... I have an antique light meter with matching increments that helps a lot in figuring out exposure. For long exposures there is a collar around the shutter release button. Turn it to "B" and the shutter will stay open for as long as the button is held down. You'll need a cable release with an extra long pin because the shutter button is very tall. You'll also need a pretty beefy tripod because as I said, the C3 is heavy .. and the tripod mount is way over at one end, under the takeup spool. The chicken-head lever to the left of the lens is for cocking the shutter. You'll need to remember to keep your finger out of the way when taking pictures, because the lever snaps back up when the shutter is released. Shutter and film advance are not coupled, making it EXTREMELY EASY to take multiple exposures on a single frame. The film advance and frame counter are moronically simple: You turn the knob in the direction that says "WIND." Frame counter is a plastic wheel on top of the camera, geared to spin slightly less than one full revolution for a single frame of film. It has one ratchet tooth inside, which catches on a rocking pin which looks like a nail head sticking out of the top of the camera. You nudge the pin out of the way to release, and then wind til it stops again; the frame counter will have mysteriously increased by 1. Do you shoot and then wind, or wind first then shoot? That is up to you. The C3's optics will vignette slightly, but not a lot. Depending on your particular model's interior treatment, you might get internal reflections. Judging by the construction (the entire back is a metal door which opens and does not have a very deep lip around it) & the placement of strange holes in the body, it would seem like there should be lots of light leaks in this thing .. but I've found it to be surprisingly light-tight. Lomo fans may be disappointed by the C3's lack of egregious flaws (sorry, I meant to say "artsy surprises") but if you want the most rugged, dependable, and quite possibly the cheapest full-featured infinitely flexible REAL 35mm film camera,
...then my friend, you need to get you one of these.